Wed.Nov 13, 2019

5 Steps to an Aligned and High-Functioning Organization

Leading Blog

I N OUR WORK training and consulting organizations across the globe, we have found misalignment to be at the heart of most organizational dysfunction. People assume the organization’s goals are clear to everyone and that employees’ roles and priorities are aligned to support those goals.

How to Ditch Performance Reviews

Lead Change Blog

Are annual performance reviews necessary? A recent study shows that 90% of HR professionals don’t think performance appraisals are accurate or effective in improving productivity. If that’s the case, why do we still do them?

Dealing With Negative Changes

Joseph Lalonde

Leading Through Change. Change is coming. Some of the change will be good change. Maybe you’re getting a raise or a promotion. Maybe you’re finally getting married. Or maybe you just paid off your mortgage. There are good changes.

How Are You Using Your Influence?

Leading in Context

By Linda Fisher Thornton With leadership responsibility comes a certain amount of influence. We can impact how people think. We can advise them on the choices they make and invite them to follow our lead. Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts.

The HR Playbook: Reduce Turnover with Employee Benefits

Companies with the right mix of benefits saw a 138% drop in employee turnover. Learn how you can lower your employee attrition rate and retain top talent.

Why Teams Fail

Leadership Freak

The things you don’t do are more damaging – in the long-term – than the things you do. Ignorance prevails when you don’t-do. You only learn when you do-and-fail. Teams that punish failure… Continue reading → Leading

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Put Limits on Your Energy Drainers

Next Level Blog

One of my favorite things to talk about with my executive coaching clients is “What are your energy givers and your energy drainers?”. That’s almost always a useful conversation because when leaders are working through their agenda day after day it’s easy to lose sight of the kinds of work and people who either give them energy or drain their energy. Since just about everyone does their best work when they’re energized instead of deenergized, it’s an important dynamic to be aware of and act on.

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Unlocking The Customer Value Chain

Eric Jacobson

Earlier this year brought the release of the book, Unlocking The Customer Value Chain , by Thales S. Teixeira , the Lumry Family Associate Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School.

Communication Confusion: Have You Fallen into This Common Trap?

The Practical Leader

Does your organization need to improve communications? Would you like to get more e-mails? Almost every hand goes up when I ask that first question in a workshop. Rarely do any hands go up when I ask the second question.

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What Customers and Prospects Actually Want (and Need) to Hear

Skip Prichard

This is an excerpt from The Science of Customer Connections by Jim Karrh, PhD. It is adapted and reprinted with permission from Career Press, an imprint of RedWheel/Weiser. Never tell your problems to anyone. Twenty percent don’t care and the other 80 percent are glad you have them.” -Lou Lou Holtz.

4 steps to generate 20% sustainable growth

CEO Insider

A powerful mathematical law is compounding interest. The wealthiest companies and individuals in the world have this process mastered. However most companies have never connected this principle to client experience and therefore miss the massive leverage that’s available.

How to Build a Competitive Benefits Package

An attractive benefits program can be a highly effective recruiting and retention tool. But to make benefits a competitive advantage, employers must get creative with their benefits strategy or risk losing out on the best talent. Learn how to build a benefits package that your employees will love.

Life Lessons from Russell Ackoff

Deming Institute

A recent blog by John Hunter, Ackoff on Systems Thinking and Management, highlights a collection of videos of lectures by Russell Ackoff, recently made available at this site.

How to Respond To Ageism in the Workplace

HR Digest

Ageism in the workplace, whether subtle or blatant, takes an emotional toll. Learn how to combat ageism in the workplace. These are tough times for workers over a certain age. Nowadays, today’s technology becomes yesterday’s news in the blink of an eye and one cannot afford to lag behind.

Developing Your Team Members


It's never a great idea to work in a silo, but you also have make sure you're working with a strong team. Learn about how you can strengthen your team and your leadership. Today's post is by Mike Figliuolo, Managing Director of thoughtLEADERS.

Funniest Questions I Received as a Church Planter

Ron Edmondson

Here are the funniest questions I received as a church planter: “When are you going to build a church?”. I always thought, “Well, that’s what we are doing now meeting in this high school.”

11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

5 Tips for Successful Project Management

Strategy Driven

Project management in business can be challenging and so hiring someone who knows what they’re doing and having the right tools in place can make a big difference between your project being a success or a flop.

Do You Give Employees a Reason to Feel Proud of What They Do?

Harvard Business Review

There’s a connection between pride and performance. Managing people Developing employees Digital Article

Why UX Is Essential for your Website

Strategy Driven

There are so many aspects that go into a successful website, but the user experience is undoubtedly one of the most important.

Companies Need to Do More for Employees and Customers with Disabilities

Harvard Business Review

Accessibility makes products better for everyone. Design Product development Digital Article

Quantifying a Culture of Innovation

Examining five years of anonymous data from over 6 million users in 170+ countries, Spigit has discovered that a culture of innovation can be measured – with a 99% statistical confidence level – by a metric called "ideation rate." Download the eBook now for an in-depth look at this groundbreaking study.

10 Key Points to Remember About Die Cutting Processes and Tools

Strategy Driven

Broadly speaking, die cutting is a machine process that allows you the opportunity to create something that has exactly the same shape and dimension every time, although that description doesn’t really do justice to how versatile the process can be.

3 Myths About Machine Learning in Health Care

Harvard Business Review

The technology has a lot of potential — but it isn’t magic. Technology Analytics Healthcare Technology Digital Article

Seven must-haves of a marketing communication strategy

Strategy Driven

As an owner of your business, your first and foremost goal is to attract maximum revenues and sales. Unless you master this skill, your business will always go through uncertain scenarios and yearn for stability. Do you know why some of the brands are particularly good at this job?

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Technology and the New World of Work

Harvard Business Review

The reinvention of craftsmanship started in Silicon Valley, and it’s spreading and reshaping the rules of work. This is the thesis of Laetitia Vitaud’s latest book, “Du labeur à l’ouvrage (From Labor to Work, which explores how technology is unbundling the Fordist compact between corporation and worker and forcing a new employment paradigm for the digital age. Labor Technology Innovation Audio

Innovation: Five Signs You Might Be Faking It

Every company wants to be a leader in innovation, but how can you tell if your company is really innovating or just going through the motions? See the 5 signs you might be faking innovation and what to do if you are.

Four Things Your Company Needs To Stay Alive

Strategy Driven

There is so much more to business today than just money, charm and good looks, which means that there is more for you to do to stay successful. There are new startup that are emerging into the business world every minute, and staying up to date with them is not always easy.

Biggest Money Mistakes People Make, and the Rise of the Micro-Influencer

Harvard Business Review

Youngme, Felix, and Mihir discuss the biggest money mistakes people make when managing their personal finances. They also discuss the rise of the social media “micro-influencer.” ” Financial management Social platforms Managing yourself Audio

How Has Ai Revolutionised Our Daily Lives For The Better?

Strategy Driven

Ai and its capabilities have rapidly increased in recent years with at-home devices and mobile devices using their own Ai to increase performance. But how else has it revolutionised the way that we go about our daily routines?

Three Reasons Why You Need a Tech Consultant

Strategy Driven

There are many things that you’re good at in your business. You know you’re product inside and out, you’ve got a track record at driving through sales and you’re a great manager.

Tough Comp Conversations: A Guide For Doing Them Right

Speaker: Rusty Lindquist, VP Strategic HR Insights at Bamboo HR

Compensation can be tricky, few things carry as much emotional weight as comp. And with the increased transparency in the market, combined with our collective propensity to rate ourselves against others, the frequency of these very difficult conversations is increasing. In this webinar, we will deconstruct some of the psychology around comp. We’ll take an analytic look at comp’s role in the employee experience, and then we’ll get really tactical with guidance on very specific compensation conversations.

Improving The Workflow Of Your Factory Operation

Strategy Driven

One of the most important aspects of building up your business is understanding the areas of productivity where you need to improve.